As discussed in the previous post, a recent article in the Times-Georgian discusses the debate for and against DUI checkpoints in Georgia and around the U.S. Law enforcement officers say that the checkpoints help keep people who are driving under the influence off the roads and also catch people who are driving with a revoked or suspended driver's license. In the course of the checkpoint, people are also arrested for drug possession or outstanding warrants, or cited for seat belt and child safety seat violations, among other citations.
A recent article in the Times-Georgian discusses the debate around DUI checkpoints in Georgia and around the U.S. Law enforcement agencies generally are in favor of the sobriety checkpoints because they say they result in many DUI arrests, but others wonder question whether they are the most effective use of officers' time and resources.
Former teen idol David Cassidy pleaded no contest to DUI charges this week. His plea was entered in court by his attorney and Cassidy did not appear. Cassidy was given the minimum sentence for a person who pleads no contest to a first-time DUI offense. He was sentenced to one year of probation and a sixth-month driver's license suspension. He also must attend DUI school and pay a $500 fine. Cassidy must also serve 50 hours of community service.
A previous post discussed the high costs of a DUI conviction and why, therefore, it is important to mount a proper defense in the face of any DUI charges. While the tangible costs of fines, alcohol education classes and probation costs can be high, a recent article in The Augusta Chronicle also notes the more intangible costs associated with a DUI arrest and conviction.
The Georgia State Patrol has announced that it will continue the Nighthawks DUI Task Force and the Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Program. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety awarded a traffic safety H.E.A.T. grant to the Georgia State Patrol for nearly $1.8 million that will keep the program going.
Often after receiving a drivers' license suspension in connection with a drunk driving arrest, a person can understandably become frustrated with the legal system. How are you supposed to pay fines associated with your DUI if you're not allowed to drive yourself to work? Many people with drunk driving convictions are normal, upstanding citizens with good jobs who just happened to screw up and drink too much without a designated driver one evening.
Officers in upstate New York were concerned this past weekend when they received a call reporting a man hunched over a riding lawnmower. When they arrived on scene, police identified the man as having received a license suspension a month prior for intoxicated driving.
Do teens understand just how much distracted driving impairs their ability to drive a car? Amidst a federal Department of Transportation summit on distracted driving in Washington Tuesday, new survey results have been released that conclude teenagers don't understand the results of texting while driving can be just as dire as driving under the influence.
In the last post, we discussed the differences between license cancellation, license revocation and license suspension. In this post we will focus on how such action is justified by the state.
The following is meant as an objective summary of the laws regulating license suspension and revocation in Georgia. No matter what state you are in, if you find yourself facing the possibility of losing your license, you should seek the assistance of an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.